After 79 Years, Finding a Final Resting Place at the Coast Guard Academy

Lt. Crotty

We seem to be half masting the flag a lot lately, but this one has greater than the usual significance. Please read his story using the link below. Earlier post here.

united states coast guard

R 141500Z OCT 21
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
TO ALCOAST
BT
UNCLAS
ALCOAST 380/21
SSIC 5060
SUBJ: HALF MASTING OF NATIONAL ENSIGN
A. U.S. Coast Guard Regulations 1992, COMDTINST M5000.3B
B. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 290809 OCT 19/ALCOAST 335/19
1. By order of the Commandant and IAW REF (A), the National
Ensign shall be flown at half mast from sunrise until sunset
on Friday, 15 October 2021, in honor of LT Thomas James Eugene
“Jimmy” Crotty, an American and Coast Guard hero.
2. The National Ensign shall be flown at half mast on all
Coast Guard buildings, grounds, and vessels not underway.
3. As announced in REF (B), LT Thomas James Eugene “Jimmy”
Crotty, USCG, died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese at
the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp on 19 July 1942. He was
buried in a common grave along with all those who died that
day. On 10 September 2019, as part of an exhaustive effort
by DoD to bring every service member home, LT Crotty was
positively identified from the remains exhumed in early 2018.
LT Crotty was returned home with honors on 01 November 2019
to Buffalo, NY.
4. LT Crotty will have his final inurnment on Friday,
15 October 2021, at the United States Coast Guard Academy
Columbarium in New London, CT, at 1400.
5. LT Crotty’s biography and additional information can be
found at:
(Copy and Paste URL Below into Browser)

https://compass.coastguard.blog/2019/09/18/the-long-blue-line
-lt-crotty-and-the-battle-for-corregidor/

6. RADM Eric C. Jones, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
(CG-1), sends.
7. Internet release is authorized.

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